How it works
How do I use the calculator?
Simply fill in the fields for each room to calculate an estimate of your energy usage. After you have completed the details for one room or the entire house, go to the results section. A pie chart is generated from this information to display your household energy consumption by appliance and or different rooms of the house. Your yearly CO2 emissions are also calculated and shown as the number of cars driving on the road for a year.
I've entered my estimated consumption but my account is actually lower/higher than what’s been shown here. Why is this?
The purpose of the calculator is to give you a guide to the amount of energy used by different appliances. It is not a true reflection of your account. The cost of each appliance is based on the average franchise rate in NSW of 30.5 cents per kWh for electrical appliances and 2.92 cents per Mj for gas appliances. Due to geography and the number of different tariffs in the market place, your tariff may vary compared to the unit price used in the calculator. You can find out what tariff your tariff is by looking at the back page of your energy account.
I have more than 1 bedroom or bathroom. Where do I enter consumption for these rooms?
When filling out the bedroom & bathroom fields ensure that you are adding up everyone in your household’s usage, not just your own.
Can I get a list of energy tips that apply just to me?
Yes. By clicking on the home icon you can select various rooms in the house plan to access energy saving tips for each appliance. The tips suggest great ways to save energy and minimise your bill!
I use certain appliances for less than 1 hour a day, can I enter a time less than 1 hour?
Yes. If you use an appliance for 30 minutes a day, instead of inputting 1 hrs/day enter .5 hrs/day. The calculator can work out your energy usage using decimals as well as whole numbers.
Where can I find further information?
Download efficiency information here
What are the sources of information contained in the calculator?
Source information is The Australian Greenhouse Office, Victorian, South Australian & Queensland Government Gazettes, AGL & Energy Australia’s published rates. The information presented here is of a general nature and there is a possibility that changes in circumstances after the date of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information.